Title: Barnaby Rudge
Publisher: Chapman & Hall Ltd
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Very Good/No Jacket. fiction, no date (presentation cert dated 1885), name stamp on title page, 40 Illustrations by F. Barnard, Household Edition of the Works of Charles Dickens, dark-Green cloth, gilt lettering, spine rubbed and worn, self wear, occasional spotting, text generally V.G. Bookseller Inventory # 002335
Synopsis: Written at a time of social unrest in Victorian Britain and set in London at the time of the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots, Dickens's brooding novel of mayhem and murder in the eighteenth century explores the relationship between repression and liberation in private and public life. Barnaby Rudge tells a story of individuals caught up in the mindless violence of the mob. Lord George Gordon's dangerous appeal to old religious prejudices is interwoven with the murder mystery surrounding the father of the simple-minded Barnaby. The discovery of the murderer and his involvement in the riots put Barnaby's life in jeopardy. Culminating in the terrifying destruction of Newgate prison by the rampaging hordes, the brilliant descriptions of the riots are among Dickens's most powerful. Barnaby Rudge looks forward to the dark complexities of Dickens's later novels, whose characters also seek refuge from a chaotic and unstable world. This edition includes all the original illustrations, plus an illuminating Introduction and notes.
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Product Description: The plot is a murder mystery interwoven with the historical events of England's Gordon riots of 1780, a violent and bloody clash between fanatical, anti-Catholic Protestants, who vehemently opposed Parliament's recent legislation, the Catholic Relief Act of 1778, which loosened some of England's stringent, Anti-Catholic Penal laws. This opposition is alluded to throughout the novel by some of the characters' recurring demotic cries of "no-popery". The action is seen through the eyes of the good-hearted title character, the idiot Barnaby Rudge. The fanatical leader of the Protestant Association, Lord George Gordon, is treated with some sympathy in the novel.
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